Re: [CR]eBay outig, 62cm Ritchey with faux lugs?!?

Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 07:23:43 +1000 (EST)
From: =?iso-8859-1?q?David=20Benson?= <>
Subject: Re: [CR]eBay outig, 62cm Ritchey with faux lugs?!?
To: CR <>

e-richie wrote, regarding the Ritchey frame,ebay # 3678189477:

"there is no way he carved lug-ish edges from a pile of fillet braze - and that's what i read from the text. he made have done that lamination-situation. that's my guess."

to which Harris Spracher responded :

"Thank you! Been biting my lip since I first spotted this some time ago.My question is, why would you even bother?"

I spoke with Tom Ritchey about these frames when he visited New Zealand last year. They are indeed made by brazing a sleeve to the ends of the tube, then fillet brazing, similar to a Claud Butler Bilaminate lug. My understanding is that Tom used this method so that he could use a 1-1/8" top tube. The bottom bracket is lugless, to allow the seat tube to be ovalised. Instead of a chainstay bridge the frame has a 'park bench' gusset made from formed sheetmetal, brazed to the stays and the BB:

If this frame was 2cm smaller, I would be the owner already. If anyone on the list wants to part with one of these frames, around 60-62 centre-top, lets talk turkey.

David Benson Auckland, NZ

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